Bodies on the beach

Marilyn on the beach?

This a viral picture of “Marilyn Monroe on the beach”:

Sandy Fulton photo by Bunny Yeager
In reality, she is Sandy Fulton. Photographer: Bunny Yeager. This picture can be found in a book called “Bikini Girls Of The 1950s“. More non-Marilyn’s: The Best Photos Of Marilyn Monroe…..That Aren’t Marilyn Monroe (BuzzFeed).

Body on the beach

Fisherman’s body found on Gaza shore” – 16th of January 2015:
Picture source:
According to other news sources, this picture is about a murder victim in Italy in 2004. Here’s one news example from 2012.

I don’t know why Ma’an News Agency used a picture that doesn’t match the story. Mistakes do happen. Here is one example (2012): BBC News. And another one (2014): Agence France-Presse (AFP).

“Marilyn on the beach” and “a body on the beach” are just small examples of a bigger problem.

The Editor’s Code of Practice, Clause 1, Accuracy – contains a simple but important rule:

i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.

Note that especially in social media, the people are the press.

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